Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Missional Journal 5, 1 (February 2011)

David G. Dunbar’s piece in the latest Missional Journal is devoted to ‘Aliens and Strangers’.

He recognises this offers ‘a powerful biblical image of the church’s place in the world’ – from the ‘prototypical biblical example’ of Abraham through his descendants living as aliens in Egypt and subsequently in the diaspora right through to 1 Peter, which has ‘the fullest development of this idea’.

He draws on Miroslav Volf’s notion of ‘soft difference’ to describe how 1 Peter presents the relationship of the church to the world, suggesting (with James Davison Hunter) that ‘the calling of the church is to be a community of peace’.

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